Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 4:05 AM ET

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 4:05 AM ET

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National Audio 4:05 AM ET

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NAT022 - (ML-REL-Hajj) (NOT FOR ONLINE USE) MECCA, Saudi Arabia. x-07s. Saudi Arabia has finished preparations to receive more than two-million pilgrims from all across the world during the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites that begins today. Security is tight in Mecca during this year's pilgrimage after Saudi coalition forces shot down a Houthi rebel missile they say was launched at the holy city during last year's pilgrimage. Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry spokesperson Major General Mansour al-Turki says more than 100-thousand security personnel have been deployed at the pilgrimage sites. ("..at any time.") (SOURCE:ABC)

TAG: The kingdom has spent billions of dollars of its vast oil revenues on security and safety measures. …

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